I wanted to buy a book today

Adriana Martinez-Smiley - Ecuador


March 29, 2019

I wanted to buy a book today.



The distant eyes seem so close when their gaze is fixed on you.



I wanted to buy a book today.



My hand glided upon the glossy covers as I endured the transfixed look of

the “diligent” workers.



I wanted to buy a book today.



I picked up a novel covered in graphics and checked the price. $38.00.



I wanted a book today.



But the searing eyes burned through my heart and made me scared to desire

it anymore.



I wanted a book today.



But instead I scrambled out of the place that I wasn’t wanted.



Fled the scene in which others already imagined that I’d steal.



Although I wanted a book today, it wasn’t worth the humiliation I’d endure,



because I couldn’t afford the book anyway.


Adriana Martinez-Smiley